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Commercial Intellectual Property

We advise clients on the full range of commercial contracts relating to the exploitation of IP rights.

We frequently advise on cross-border collaborations, joint ventures and strategic licensing deals and have experience in working for, and negotiating against, counterparties throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. The particular commercial advice we can provide to clients includes the following areas:

  • Licensing, joint venture and collaboration documentation
  • Sale and other forms of disposal of IP rights including warranty protection
  • Distribution, agency, contract manufacture, supply, sponsorship and other commercial agreements
  • IP-backed asset financing and taking security interests over IP assets, including royalty monetisation agreements
  • IP due diligence and verification, including related agreements
  • Antitrust risks in licensing, joint venture and non-compete arrangements, including those related to the settlement of patent disputes
  • Procedures and negotiations of arrangements for parties seeking to exit, or in the event of insolvency or bankruptcy of one party
  • Standard form agreements – we can provide seminars to business people on how to use standard forms, and issues to watch out for

News & insights

Publications: 11 JUNE 2020

Webinar: The key impacts of Covid-19 coronavirus on Intellectual Property

In the first of a series of webinars, Allen & Overy’s IP team addresses the current impact of Covid-19 coronavirus on IP from a transactional, litigation and regulatory perspective.

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Publications: 06 MAY 2020

Extending its reach, expanding liability, and increasing the damages: a recent decision assessing the U.S. Defend Trade Secrets Act has major implications

The U.S's Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA") now extends to capture activities outside of the U.S.  Recently, in Motorola Solutions, Inc. v. Hytera Communications Corp., No. 1:17-cv-1973 (N.D. Ill.…

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Publications: 16 APRIL 2020

Mexichem v Honeywell – Will a broad Arrow declaration fly?

An Arrow declaration is a form of discretionary relief granted by UK courts declaring that a product or process would have lacked novelty, or been obvious, at a specific point in time. 

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Publications: 15 APRIL 2020

Podcast: How to protect IP as part of a digital transformation strategy

Whether digitalising by building out new digitally-focused units or externally via M&A, many IP challenges will arise especially as digital transformation can happen fast. Meeting these challenges…

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Our global intellectual property capabilities

Allen & Overy is one of the few major law firms with a full-service, cross-border intellectual property capability.